I was born in 1988 in Innsbruck, a city in the heart of the alps. After finishing school I started my studies in physics in 2007, which opened the world of quantum mechanics to me. For my experimental work on the investigation of a novel type of quantum system – ultracold magnetic Erbium atoms – in the group of Prof. Ferlaino, I received the PhD in 2018 at the University of Innsbruck and later also the prestigious IQOQI Thesis Award of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Already at an early stage I realized that I enjoy working in a team very much and that I want to continue bringing my drive and curiousness to the scientific world.
Excited by the abbilitiy to control quantum systems at the single particle level I switched to a new field of solid state quantum optics and quantum information joining the group of Prof. Ronald Hanson at QuTech, Delft University of Technology. I acquired my own funding from the FWF, which allowed me to work towards a multi-node quantum network – a cutting-edge technological advance that offered a lot of challenges but also a lot of fun time in the lab. In 2021 my colleagues and me succeeded in this challenge and reported on the realization of multi-partite entanglement between three remote quantum network nodes. Further we demonstrated entanglement generation between quantum network nodes that do not share a direct connection – a prime building block for a future quantum Internet.
Since 2020 I am now part of the group of Prof. Tracy Northup at the University of Innsbruck, where I am working to bring the vision of large scale quantum networks forward with the experimental platform of cavity-interfaced trapped ions. For the upcoming years I am aiming to start my own group in experimental quantum optics and I look forward to a long scientific journey.